A calcium deficiency is hard to detect until irreversible damage has already been done. Even in extreme cases of deficiency the calcium level in the blood may appear to be normal. If the body is in need of calcium it will take it from the bones and teeth, which are a bank of calcium. The bones are 'robbed' in order to supply the blood. This bio-chemical reaction leads to porous and brittle bones, fractures, tooth decay, nervousness, muscle aches, leg cramps, skin disorders, excessive menstrual flow, impaired growth
In adult life, calcium deficiency may lead to osteomalacia (softening of bones).
Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, dietetian
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